Based in United States

Release date:
September 29, 2016 (PC/Mobile)
September 19, 2017 (PS4/Vita) April 12, 2018 (Nintendo Switch)

Steam (PC/Mac)
Humble Store (PC/Mac)
Itch.io (PC/Mac)
iOS (Universal)
Apple TV
PS Vita
Nintendo Switch


Regular Price:

USD$9.99 (PC/Mac)
USD$9.99 (Console)
USD$4.99 (Mobile)


Burly Men at Sea is a folktale about a trio of large, bearded fishermen who step away from the ordinary to seek adventure.

With gameplay halfway between a visual novel and a point-and-click adventure, the branching story carries its ungainly heroes into waters where lurk creatures from Scandinavian folklore and other misadventures. You play as storyteller and wayfinder, shaping a custom tale that begins again where it ends.


Burly Men at Sea is the second game from husband-and-wife team Brain&Brain, developed during their own adventures as nomads and erstwhile farmhands.

Pre-production began in the months following the release of Brain&Brain’s first game in 2014, with Brooke initially working solo. David left his job at Pixar in the fall to join full-time, and soon after, the project moved into development.

In October 2015, Brain&Brain set out as nomads, briefly working as part-time farmhands to support the game's development. After receiving backing by Indie Fund, they returned to full-time development while continuing to travel for a total of eighteen months. The game was completed on the road.

Burly Men at Sea was first released for PC and mobile in September 2016, followed by PS4/Vita in September 2017, and Nintendo Switch in April 2018.


  • Branching story for multiple choice-driven adventures, each designed to be completed in a single sitting.
  • Innovative controls, with a narrative shaped by interaction and discovery, paired with a unique draggable viewport mechanic.
  • Colorful aesthetic with handcrafted animation, set to a whimsical original soundtrack inspired by the game’s Scandinavian setting.


Switch Trailer (2018) Vimeo

E3 Trailer (2017) Vimeo

Release Date Trailer (2016) Vimeo



Awards & Recognition

    Selected Articles

      • "It’s whimsical and charming; a real breath of fresh air."
        Paste Magazine
      • "We're totally charmed by this eclectic adventure."
        App Store Editor's Notes
      • "It’s a tiny-but-then-not-tiny, lovely thing with so much character and a wonderful sense of adventure."
        Rock, Paper, Shotgun
      • "…Artful interplay of visual minimalism, waggish writing and hilarious but also haunting sound effects generated by gorgeous a cappella voices. 5/5"
      • "Burly Men at Sea demands to be played. 9/10"
        Pocket Gamer
      • "Underneath its unabashedly indie exterior, Burly Men at Sea is a modern, minimalist folktale that does almost everything right."
        Adventure Gamers
      • "You had me at "large, bearded fishermen," Burly Men at Sea, then you reeled me in with your talk of a branching narrative, and your lovely art."
        PC Gamer
      • "Delightful."
        The Guardian
      • "Burly Men at Sea is as charming as it is beautiful."
      • "A freaking delight…This game was thoroughly charming and beautifully animated."
      • "The most pleasant surprise for me from the entire convention…The simplistic controls along with crisp art style and luscious soundtrack help lend to a story that I'm ready to get lost in!"

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      About Brain&Brain

      Brain&Brain is game dev duo David and Brooke Condolora. Most recently, they developed folktale adventure Burly Men at Sea during their own adventures as nomads and erstwhile farmhands. They’re now based in an old mill in the Ozarks with their indomitable cairn terrier, Oliver Doggins, who inspired their first game and accompanies them on all dog-friendly escapades.

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      Burly Men at Sea Credits

      Brooke Condolora
      Story, Art & Animation, Design

      David Condolora
      Programming, Additional Design

      Plied Sound
      Music, Sound Design

      Robert Megone
      QA Testing

      Mieko Fukushima (Kakehashi Games)
      JP Localization

      FR, DE, ES, RU, CH, PT Localization

      Marialuisa Ruggiero
      IT Localization

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